If you are new to the world of camping, RVing, and caravanning may I suggest that you do some research before choosing a caravan?
It is really, really important not to overload your tow vehicle.
So the first thing you need to find out is how much weight your car or 4WD can legally tow. The owner’s manual should tell you the towing capacity of your vehicle, but occasionally they forget to mention it, particularly with smaller cars.
If you can’t find the towing capacity of your vehicle in the owner’s manual, or you just don’t have an owner’s manual, you can do a search on the Internet. For example: “2002 Ford Taurus towing capacity”.
Once having found out that your vehicle is capable of towing a travel trailer, caravan, or camper trailer up to say 6600lbs (3000kg) you can then go about searching for your ideal RV.
Bear in mind that you will be adding approximately 440 lbs (200kg) per person (unless you travel light). Personal items and camping gear can soon add significantly to the overall weight.
For example, assuming there are 2 adults and your caravan weighs 4800 lbs (2200kg) unloaded, you will be adding 880 lbs (400kg) of weight (440 lbs or 200kg per person), so that the total weight of your loaded caravan will be 5700 lbs (2600kg).
Using the example above, your vehicle can tow 6600 lbs (3000kg); therefore you are 880 lbs (400kg) under the total towing capacity of your vehicle.
Always try to come in under the maximum towing weight. This will give you a little leeway for carrying extra water or gas, or even some souvenirs and gifts you pick up along the way.
You will also avoid unnecessary strain on your tow vehicle, and extra costs that could have been avoided.